Monday, January 27, 2014

Formerly Blah, Now Fabulous!

Hey everyone, it is Teriann from My Sister 'n Me.  Today I am going to show you how easy it is to turn a blah looking end table into a fabulous accent piece for your home. 

Like many people, I have several pieces of furniture around my home that are in really good shape - but they aren't really stunning. I wanted stunning for my living room! So I started with this boring end table:

I had already taken the brass handle off the front when I took this picture, but you get the idea. 

First step - a quick sanding job to get the shiny finish off. Then it was time to paint. I used a sample size jar of Behr Premium Paint and Primer from Home Depot on this. The color is, Gem Turquoise. This little sample size was plenty to paint this table, there was even a couple of tablespoons left over!
I always paint the bottom of a project first so I don't scratch the top. Here are a couple of pictures of the work in progress. Painting the legs, etc., and the painted table before I added stain. (I also would like to introduce you to my dog, Spud. He photo bombs all my furniture pictures!)

Almost done. I did a final sand with fine grit sandpaper and then did a quick swipe of a darkish stain. I honestly don't know what color the stain was because I was using something that was left over from another project. 

After everything was dry, I added a couple of coats of satin polycrylic. I wanted a tough finish to prevent chipping from toys being banged on the table. It happens!

I painted the brass handle with Martha Stewart Metallic paint in Gold Pearl. I was just enough to dull the brass and warm it up.

Here you have the finished product. I love how it brings color into the room.

Turning a blah table into something fun and fabulous for your home isn't a scary thing to do - it is an artful thing to do!

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